Breathe Life into the oldest of Computers

May 23, 2008 – 8:43 am

startty iconDorian Garson from provides a telnet only service which scrolls text of selected information ‘widgets’ onto almost any connected retro device that can display text.

If you have a dumb text terminal or old doorstop CPU unable to run any type of meaningful GUI interface, provides a simple telnet service that displays updated Internet information and turning the devices into live Information kiosks.

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To begin, you first register for a username through the website to obtain your own login. From there, you can configure your preferences such as screen size, your time zone, and the type of information you want displayed on your screen:

  • Calendarstartty
  • Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey
  • Todo List
  • News
  • Phase of the Moon
  • Recent Big Earthquakes
  • Stocks
  • This Day in History
  • Time and Date
  • UPS Package Tracking
  • Weather Conditions: USA
  • Weather Conditions: World
  • Weather Forecast: USA
  • Weather Forecast: World
  • Word of the Day

Once you have it configured, you fire up your terminal device and telnet to startty port 5000 and login using your username. Web 0.1!

(BTW, you can do this on your bloated windows boxes by selecting start->run->telnet 50000)

So if you have a spare dumb terminal, or an old cpu that can telnet, you can proudly display your retro devices displaying current news to the delight of family members and wives alike.

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  1. 3 Responses to “Breathe Life into the oldest of Computers”

  2. BREATH/BREATHE. When you need to breathe, you take a breath. “Breathe” is the verb, “breath” the noun.

    By Erik on May 23, 2008

  3. Corrected. Thanks.

    By admin on May 23, 2008

  4. Glad you liked it! Please let me know if you spot any bugs or come up with requests.

    dorian ( a t ) startty ( d o t ) com

    By Dorian on May 30, 2008

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